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Travelling over Christmas? Here's what public transport will be running

Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Luas and Iarnród Éireann have all released Christmas schedules for their services

IRELAND’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT services have announced additional late-night trains, buses and trams in the run-up to Christmas.

Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Luas and Iarnród Eireann have all announced their schedules for the coming few weeks with most services running as usual right up until Christmas Day.

No services will be in operation on Christmas Day and many will return with limited services thereafter until 3 January, when full services resume.

Bus Éireann

Bus Éireann will operate extra late night services from Dublin to Balbriggan, Drogheda, Ratoath, Dunshaughlin, Navan, Naas, Newbridge, Sallins and Clane over the Christmas period. A 24-hour service will also be available along the 109A route from Kells to Dublin city centre via Dublin Airport.

In Cork, Bus Éireann will provide late night services in the run-up to Christmas from Cork city to Carrigaline, Ballincollig, Midleton and Bandon on the days of 16, 17, 22 and 23 December.

12/12/2016. Bus Eireann. Pictured Bus Eireann buse Sam Boal / Sam Boal / /

Services in Cork, Galway and Limerick will operate on a Sunday timetable on the 26 December with limited services in Waterford city.

Revised timetables across all Expressway routes will be in place on St Stephen’s Day and a normal Sunday service will be in place on 27 December with a few restrictions. The 1am bus to Sligo and Donegal has been cancelled as well as the 1.45am bus to Letterkenny.

Normal weekday services will resume between 28 and 30 December.

New Year’s Eve services will run on a Saturday timetable and New Year’s Day will operate a normal Sunday timetable with a few revisions in each. A Sunday timetable with revisions will also run on 2 January as well

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus has announced additional late night services along 18 routes from the city centre, which began last Thursday.

Normal Dublin Bus services – including the Nitelink routes  -will continue to operate up until Christmas Eve.

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A Sunday service will resume on St Stephen’s Day with Saturday services running every day until New Year’s Day. The Nitelink service will return to a normal weekend service on 30 and 31 December.

A Sunday timetable will operate on 1 and 2 January before full services resume on 3 January.


The Night Luas will operate over the Christmas period with most services on the Red Line leaving The Point between 1am and 3am on the weekends leading up until Christmas.

Night Luas on the Green Line will be operating services from St Stephen’s Green between 1am and 3.30am also on the weekends leading up to Christmas.

25/5/2016 Luas Trams Leah Farrell / Leah Farrell / /

Luas services will end on Christmas Eve at 8pm, and will return with a regular Sunday schedule on St Stephen’s Day beginning at 9am.

Regular service will resume on 27 December until New Year’s Day and the bank holiday morning, where a Sunday timetable will be in place. Regular services will return on 3 January.

Iarnród Éireann 

On Christmas Eve, normal Saturday services will run on Intercity, Dart and Dublin commuter trains until 9pm, and Cork commuter trains until 7pm.

No services will be in operation on Christmas Day or St Stephen’s Day.

Intercity services will return to normal on 27 December and a Saturday timetable will operate on Dart and Dublin commuter trains. Cork commuter trains will run an hourly service between Cork and Cobh and between Cork and Midleton.

6/11/2015. Train Strikes Called Off Eamonn Farrell / Eamonn Farrell / /

From 28-30 December regular service will be available on the Intercity and Heuston commuter rails, and a Saturday timetable will run on the Dart, Northern and Maynooth/M3 commuter line and the Cork commuter line.

There will be eight late night services operating on New Year’s Eve between 1.20am and 2.50am leaving Pearse and Connolly stations. There will also be a late night DART service along the Dundalk and Maynooth lines after Dublin’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

On New Year’s Day a Saturday timetable will be in place on the intercity services and a Sunday timetable will be in place on the Dart, Dublin and Cork commuters lines.

Most Iarnród Éireann services will return with a few revisions and changes on 2 January, before full service resumes on 3 January.

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